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The modularity and easy to remove battery found in the Lenovo Moto Z earns it a 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

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  • External expansion is possible with magnetically attached "Moto Mods." Easily swapped external battery packs may increase life of device.

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Image 1/3: This adhesive is similar to adhesive found in waterproof devices like the iPhone 6s/7. This device is splashproof, not waterproof. Image 2/3: The display cable is long enough to allow you to fold the display over completely, so you don't have to support it while disconnecting. Image 3/3: However, it is very wide and hinders access to the battery connector—it's considerably easier to disconnect the battery after the screen is removed, which is not best practice.
  • Sticky adhesive holds the display in place.

    • This adhesive is similar to adhesive found in waterproof devices like the iPhone 6s/7. This device is splashproof, not waterproof.

  • The display cable is long enough to allow you to fold the display over completely, so you don't have to support it while disconnecting.

    • However, it is very wide and hinders access to the battery connector—it's considerably easier to disconnect the battery after the screen is removed, which is not best practice.

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Image 1/2: Heat was not needed, and both components can be easily reinstalled. Image 2/2: To test the most common repair, we remove the battery before proceeding.
  • The fingerprint sensor button and ambient light sensor are held onto the back of the display assembly with strong adhesive.

  • Heat was not needed, and both components can be easily reinstalled.

  • To test the most common repair, we remove the battery before proceeding.

  • Battery has a plastic tab to aid in removal. The angle helps avoid ripping the tab off before it's free from the adhesive in the lower right corner.

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Image 1/1: Earpiece speaker assembly and lower bracket are held in place with Phillips #00 screws and serve to hold down the top and bottom halves of the motherboard.
  • Vibrator and rear-facing camera are lightly adhered in place and can be removed now, (or before the battery is removed).

  • Earpiece speaker assembly and lower bracket are held in place with Phillips #00 screws and serve to hold down the top and bottom halves of the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Motherboard as a single component is an expensive repair, especially with the commonly failing charging port soldered on. Image 2/2: With the motherboard removed, the next layer of components can come out, including: front-facing camera, camera cover/LED flash assembly, heat pipe, button covers and switch ribbon cable.
  • Removing the adhered motherboard

    • Motherboard as a single component is an expensive repair, especially with the commonly failing charging port soldered on.

  • With the motherboard removed, the next layer of components can come out, including: front-facing camera, camera cover/LED flash assembly, heat pipe, button covers and switch ribbon cable.

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Image 1/2: Pull-tab on battery, easy to access once you have the device open. Image 2/2: Modular assembly allows independent replacement of many components
  • The Lenovo Moto Z earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Pull-tab on battery, easy to access once you have the device open.

    • Modular assembly allows independent replacement of many components

    • Display is adhered in place with no external fasteners, but the adhesive is weak enough to easily separate after heating.

    • Charging port soldered to the motherboard means a common repair will be very expensive.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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